Finding photos on the internet is like being a tiny spacecraft adrift in a vast, starry galaxy. How will you ever find what you’re looking for in that cosmos of tags?
What you need, weary traveler, is a guide.
We hear Carl Sagan isn’t taking much new work these days, so allow us to present an alternative. Follow us to Tag Galaxy, where swirling solar systems of Flickr tags abound.
Say you want to find a memorable photo of poodles. Type in “poodle,” and it becomes a fiery sun, orbited by related tags like “dog” and “silly haircut.”
Click on more tag planets to create new suns (“poodles+noodles+strudel”). Or click on the sun itself to see all of the photos tagged with your search terms projected onto a rotatable spheroid planet.
All you need now is a turtleneck for your computer, and it’ll be just like having Carl at your side.
Published on May 29, 2008 — See more Websites
If you send Damien Weighill a photo, he will draw your face and put it on his blog.
When he does you will have a mustache. Or perhaps there will be a gorilla behind you. Maybe you will be a dinosaur.
He is unpredictable. Approach with caution.
p.s. Remember that Squarespace Portfolio Makeover Contest we had? We hear our winner Jennifer Konig is pretty excited about her new website:
Check out her swank new portfolio!
Photojojo Live! This Saturday only!
We’ll be at Maker Faire on Saturday May 3rd demonstrating our ever-so-fabulous photo block kits. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come by the Craft Zone at 5:00pm and watch us rock the house. It’s gonna be huge. Arena-rock huge.
Published on May 2, 2008 — See more Websites
The Japanese have gotten hold of a time machine.
We knew it would happen sooner or later.
The weird thing is, this time machine only works on photographs. You feed it a sharp modern photo, and it comes back to you looking like it was taken sixty years ago.
Maybe it came from The Future! Or Outer Space! Or the Underground Lair of the Mole People (yikes)! We don’t know because, well, we can’t read Japanese.
All we know is, if you click “browse”, upload a photo, and then click on the blue button in the middle, the time machine magically oldifies your picture. It might also summon an army of cranky Mole People, we’re not sure.
Click if you must, just don’t say we didn’t warn you.
p.p.s. If you want to get in your momma’s good books, score her one of our custom photo bags for Mother’s Day. Last day to order for rush delivery is Monday the 28th!
Photo credit: Jim Abraham
We all knew this day would come sooner or later, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting, does it?
Today, Adobe releases Photoshop Express for the web.
Now before you go berserk, let us exercise some journalistic caution — it’s not everything you can do in Photoshop fit into a web browser. Not nearly.
No layers here, no fancy pants masking. But for 95% of your photos, it offers pretty much all you need to fix ‘em up, and it does it with style.
Whether adjusting exposure, white balance, or hue, touching up blemishes, or distorting your image, Photoshop Express provides an easy slider and thumbnails to give you an instant preview of your image at various settings. Even undo is better than you’d expect.
Being on the web, this Photoshop’s made for sharing. Everyone gets their own URL at photoshop.com, and the slideshows are top-notch — big, beautiful images with classy transitions. Want to load in and edit photos from Picasa, Photobucket, or Facebook? No problemo.
No, it’s not a Photoshop replacement, but it is a remarkably slick and well-designed basic photo-editing and sharing application. Arguably the best so far.
So what does it cost? It’s free, amigo.
Published on March 27, 2008 — See more Websites
What do you do with the person you love most in the whole world?
Take ‘em out and shoot ‘em.
No, seriously. Take them outdoors and take photos until you have a portrait that expresses how much they mean to you.
If you love somebody, shoot them.
p.s. Thanks to Jittery Joe’s Coffee for sponsoring our “Monday Stinks!” contest!
Published on March 20, 2008 — See more Websites
Pretend you’re eight years old for a second. Now pretend you just got a photo in the mail from your new buddy in Finland.
Fantastic, right? Best mail ever!
Now here’s the secret: it’s still that much fun to get photos from around the world. And it’s super easy thanks to Postcrossing: send a postcard to somebody, and somebody sends you a postcard back. Collect photos from 175 countries without blowing all your airline miles! You can even request pictures of specific things.
Since you’re sending pictures anyway, why not use your own? Slip your prints into postcard mailers and put the whole shebang in the mail. Get out and document your favorite things about the place you live, or the people you see every day. They sure won’t have anything that cool on the postcard rack at the drugstore.
If you missed being eight, you’ll be glad you became a postcrosser.
Published on February 28, 2008 — See more Websites
Ever feel like your photos are getting lost on your hard drive or on Flickr? That the more photos you take, the harder it is to find the great ones, and the less special each becomes?
So do we.
So we’ve been working on something new called Photojojo Time Capsule, and we’re really excited to release it!
Every couple weeks, Time Capsule digs up your photos on Flickr from a year ago, choosing the ones that are most interesting (most views, comments, and faves), then sends them to you in a quick email.
We’ve been using it for a while, and it’s amazing how nostalgia-inducing it’s been to get a little time capsule every couple weeks. :)
Give it a try and make your photos special again. (Just 7.5 seconds to set up!)
Okay, so we didn’t get on the cover of Time Magazine last year. Or the year before that.
We’ve come to terms with it, mostly because Mag My Pic puts our mug on whatever magazine cover we want.
There’s a nice part of us that thinks our dads would really like being on Time or GQ for their birthday.
But there’s another part of us that wants to use our newfound powers for evil. We’re gonna put our bratty little sister on the cover of Pet Fancy. We’re gonna dig up our brother’s “awkward phase” pictures and put them on Sports Illustrated.
Wooo, take that suckas! That’s how we do irony!
(Incidentally, do yourself a favor and browse some of the covers other people have done. There are days worth of entertainment in those archives.)
Published on February 21, 2008 — See more Websites
Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words. But what happens if you miss the picture?
You know the ones we mean — those once-in-a-lifetime photos that got away. Because you left your camera at home. Or, if you’re like us, you left the darn thing on manual and got a nice solid black jpeg for your troubles.
When Michael David Murphy missed the perfect photo opp while in Ethiopia, he turned the moment into a vivid account of the photograph that wasn’t. Unphotographable was born.
The site catalogues “exceptional mistakes” — photographs that didn’t happen but whose stories he must tell anyway.
They’re the most real, perfect photographs you’ll never see.
p.s. Many thanks to squarespace for sponsoring the next few Photojojo newsletters. Squarespace takes the work out of building beautiful, ad-free portfolios for professional photographers.
Published on February 1, 2008 — See more Websites
You’ve decked the halls with miles of tiny bulbs. Your front lawn is a gleaming monument to electric lighting. Even the neighbors have taken to wearing sunglasses 24/7.
It’s the Christmas wonderland of your dreams… now if only you could get a good picture of it.
Photographing holiday lights is no easy task.
Luckily, we’ve had the Photojojo elves round up the best tips and guides to taking successful Holiday photos. Call it our gift to you… now go make Clark W. Griswold proud.
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